Scared to Stop
Question: If a car comes up behind me flashing a red light late at
night, and I can't see it very well, do I have to stop? How do I
know if it's a real police car?
a teenage girl. I work at our local pizza parlor. Some nights I leave
work really late. If a car comes up behind me flashing its red lights
and I can't see it very well, do I have to stop? I've heard terrible
State varies with what color lights are used by Law Enforcement
Officers; most use all blue lights or a combination of blue, red and
white. If you are driving and are being pulled over…safely pull over
to the right side shoulder and stop.
There are individuals out there who purchase
older police cars and commit crimes posing as Law Enforcement
Officers…if you think the vehicle trying to pull you over is not a
real Law Enforcement Officer do the following to ensure your safety.
Don't Speed Up…in case it is a real Law
Enforcement Officer. Acknowledge the vehicle behind you by waving
in your rear view mirror several times to let them know that you
see them behind you
Call 911 on your cell phone and identify
yourself as the driver and give them your vehicle description and
location. Let the 911 Center know you are being pulled over and
are not stopping because you don't recognize the vehicle behind
you as a Patrol car. The 911 Center can immediately check and let
you know if a real Law Enforcement Officer is behind you.
Tell the 911 Center that you are going to
pull over and stop…Pick a PUBLIC PLACE…24-hour gas station,
restaurant or even drive to a local Police Station. Don't hang up
on the 911 Center until the Officer makes contact with you. They
will be telling the Officer behind you what you are doing and
where you are going. This makes everyone safe and there are no
Once you are stopped…place both hands on
top of the steering wheel and do not lunge or grab for anything in
the vehicle as the Officer approaches.
Be polite and provide the Officer with all
the required information…drivers license, vehicle registration
and insurance information.
What if you don't have a cell phone?